The Show That Time Forgot ~ Sunday 18/10/2020

FIRST HOUR

I Couldn't Live Without Your Love (Petula Clark)
(1966).... one of a run of  mid '60s hits written specially for her by acclaimed songwriting duo Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent 

Couldn't Get It Right (Climax Blues Band) 
(1976) ...  much better known for their albums, this radio friendly Top 10-er was their one and only singles chart hit

Just What I Always Wanted (Mari Wilson)
...  from the first of today's featured years, Top 10-er  steeped in nostalgia from a singer who managed to capture the style and sound of a previous decade 

'60s songs with a spoken word introduction                                                                                                                                                                

Do You Love Me (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes)
(1963) ... previously a US hit for The Contours, this UK chart-topper was the pinnacle of the band's first spell of success before Brian Poole left to go solo. During the period 1962-66 they amassed eight Top 40 hits in all, including four which reached the Top 10. Now here's a thing, looking down the list,  I see their final chart entry (1965, # 25) was again a cover of a song by an American group - although this time around, the original was by The Strangeloves. The song I Want Candy had a new lease of life nearly 20 years later - and coincidentally was already on my playlist for today *

Come On Over To My Place (The Drifters)
(1965 & 1972) ...  a much bigger UK hit second time around when the Atlantic label had decided to reissue some of the group's back catalogue from the '60s. It proved a wise move, a 'win, win' all round. The record company reaped huge sales for Come On Over To My Place, which reached # 9 and the previous single, the double A side At The Club / Saturday Night At The Movies (# 3), earlier on in '72. The ripple effect was long-lasting., with the unexpected run of  chart success completely revitalising The Drifters' career in the UK. They went on to  record a shed-load of new songs which provided hit after hit over the next few years, more than they had ever had before, this side of the pond

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What A Difference A Day Made (Esther Phillips)
(1975) ... uptempo jazz funk revamp of a slow, blues ballad which dates back to 1934  ~ one of the most popular versions was by Dinah Washington in the late '50s

Sherry (The Four Seasons) 
(1962) ... their first UK chart success, remaining on the chart for 16 weeks and peaking at  # 8

Newsround Tameside: 38 years ago ~ 1982

Mad World (Tears For Fears)
... first of many hits continuing well into the '90s for the band formed by childhood friends Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith.

I Want Candy (Bow Wow Wow) *
... as hinted at earlier ~ a '60s stomper which had previously been a hit for Brian Poole and The Tremeloes  ~ Bow Wow Wow's follow up to their previous Top 10-er Go Wild In The Country. Malcolm McLaren, the former Sex Pistols' manager  had formed the band in 1980, recruiting ex-members of Adam and The Ants and  singer Annabella Lwin, who was then just 13 years old

I Don't Wanna Dance (Eddy Grant)
... flying solo, almost a decade and half after his previous UK chart-topper as lead singer of The Equals ~ Baby Come Back

The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) (The Jam)
... the end was in sight for The Jam ~ a chart force for the past five years, they were about to go their separate ways. After The Bitterest Pill, there was just one more single, Beat Surrender which reached # 1 in December.Within months, front man Paul Weller would be launching his new band The Style Council

Cherry Pink Apple Blossom White (Modern Romance featuring John du Prez)
... top billing for the trumpeter who is very much to the fore on this re-working of the tune which had been a No.1 way back in 1955 in two different versions - by Perez Prado and Eddie Calvert  ~ famously known as 'the Man with the Golden Trumpet'. Modern Romance could only manage # 15, although they had recently made the Top 10 with Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey and would soon be back there with their next release Best Years Of Our Lives - their highest placed hit (# 4)   

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Why (Carly Simon)
... produced by Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers for the soundtrack of Soup For One. The film was a flop, although the music, including this particular song, was well received. 'Why' was Carly's first UK hit since her other big film song Nobody Does It Better, from the Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me five years earlier

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SECOND HOUR

Our Day Will Come (Ruby & The Romantics)
(1963) ....  #1 in America, but did nothing at all over here - a much loved, much covered song with as many as 60 different versions over the years . Frankie Valli  made it a US hit all over again in the mid '70s, - but, like Ruby & co, missed out completely this side of the pond. Cher, The Supremes and Cliff Richard are just a few of the many  other artists who have recorded it. Probably the most recent was Amy Winehouse -  Our Day Will Come appears on her posthumous 2011 album Lioness: Hidden Treasures

The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) (Betty Everett)
(1965) ...  original version of Cher's 1991 chart-topper. Bridging the long gap between them was Linda Lewis with a 1975 cover which made it into the Top 10, the shoop-shoop-less It's In His Kiss

Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad) (Wizzard)
... teaser track for our second featured year ~ hot on the heels of their first chart-topper See My Baby Jive, a second # 1 for Roy Wood and co, and another wall of sound epic

Absolutely Lyricless ~ the instrumental break
... with TV and film connections

Man In A Suitcase (Ron Grainer)
(1967) ... from the ITV series of the same name, but also well known in the '90s as the theme tune of Chris Evans'  Channel 4 TV show TFI Friday

Scarlett O' Hara (Jet Harris & Tony Meehan)
(1963) ... bonus points if you knew that Scarlett O'Hara was a character in the big screen epic Gone With The Wind

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Cool Kids (Echosmith)
(2014) ... American indie pop with distinct echoes of the '80s and '90s  from a trio of siblings, two brothers, Graham and Noah Sierota, with their sister Sydney on lead vocals

I've Told Every Little Star (Linda Scott)
(1961) ... several hits Stateside but just this one over here, a worldwide million-seller

Reflections: 47 years ago ~ 1973

Helen Wheels (Paul McCartney and Wings)
... a stand-alone Top 20 single in the UK, although in America it was also included on the album Band On The Run which followed a few months later.  Helen - or 'Hell On' - Wheels was the nickname Paul and his wife Linda gave to their Land Rover. The song name-checks several places on a McCartney family journey south from their home in Scotland

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
...... Top 10 single and title track of the double album  widely considered one of the very best in Elton's long career, with sales of over 30 million

This Flight Tonight (Nazareth)
...  '73 was the big breakthrough year of chart success for the Scottish rockers with the instantly recognisable, gravelly voice of lead singer Dan McCafferty. Their cover of Joni Mitchell's This Flight Tonight gave them a third Top 20 single in a matter of months

 

Joybringer (Manfred Mann's Earth Band)
..... inspired by a much-loved classical melody, Jupiter - Bringer of Jollity - from The Planets by English composer Gustav Holst. Earth Band's line-up at this point was Mick Rogers (guitar and vocals), Manfred Mann (keyboards, Minimoog synthesizer and vocals), Colin Pattenden (bass guitar) and Chris Slade (drums and vocals). Joybringer was a return to the chart for Manfred after constant success during the '60s with his previous band.  As mentioned last week, he turns 80 on 21st October

My Friend Stan (Slade)
...  a 'first' in their long run of hits - a song title with no deliberate mis-spellings, although, continuing their desire to be different, the 'N's in the title were written back to front on the label and the picture sleeve (seen here below). My Friend Stan followed two No.1s and just missed out on making that a hat-trick. Their next release saw Noddy and co back on top, straight in at No.1 with the still much-loved  Merry Xmas Everybody

All The Way From Memphis (Mott The Hoople)
 ...  story in a song about a rock 'n' roller on tour whose guitar is dispatched by mistake to 'Oriole'  (in Baltimore) instead of its intended destination ~ Memphis. The owner gets half way there before he realises that it's missing and then takes a month to track it down

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SHOW THEME:
Rhapsody In Blue (Rick Wakeman)
written by George Gershwin, arranged by Tony Visconti
from the album Rhapsodies (A&M Records, 1979
 

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